First Sunday of Advent: Sacred Times

the story of god

On Sunday, we entered into a new year as the people of God. The page was turned to the season of Advent, a time of anticipation, waiting and longing for Christ to come.

At Renewal I talked through the concept of liturgy, what healthy tradition looks like, and most importantly what the church calendar is all about as we enter Advent. Continue reading

Preaching Series on Romans


My church, Renewal Memphis, is currently in a year-long series on the book of Romans. At some point, every evangelical church works through this foundational letter that Paul wrote.

In particular, I have had the opportunity to take a couple of Sundays to look at Romans 5 and then another couple of Sundays to tackle Romans 7.

Here are those 4 sermons. Continue reading

Maybe the Worst Sermon Ever!

sermonOver the past few weeks, I’ve seen a few different people post about a recent ‘sermon’ that could be a candidate for worst sermon ever (one theologian did remark such). Thankfully this isn’t about my sermons!

The short homily comes from The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. It dates from 12 May 2013 and was given in Curaçao, Venezuela.

What’s the specific message? Continue reading